I meet you where you are at in multiple ways.
I talked about how passwords suck in Part 1. I found a solution that I can work with going forward, but there is a lot of preparation work that I needed to do. The solution is a piece of hardware called a Yubikey, and the prep-work I needed to do was clean up my e-mail and close all the online accounts, websites, newsletters I no longer use or really care to engage with further.
Passwords; ah, a subject of which there is much attention spent; whether in debate about the finer points of security; to how practical it is to maintain; remember; or even come to terms with all these passwords for all these sites. I recently got a "ransom message" of sorts where they showed me 3 of my passwords; and threatened to expose to all my social media my online activity and webcam footage. I did not care about others knowing my online activity and webcam footage - as I have nothing of interest and nothing incriminating or worthy of judgement that I care about. What I did care about was the fact that the three passwords they showed were my most secure ones that I keep locked away in a digital password safe!
There are a few kinds of cloud backup services, depending on how you want to back up your digital data.
For a few months, I had an Internet censorship banner covering my name that was meant to grab attention to a couple pieces of legislation that went through the political circle in the early part of this year. They were presented in a sequence: The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). The reason it was posted for so long here is because it is still ongoing. Even though both aforementioned bills were defeated; there is an indirect, third attempt called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) which tries to address the flow of information from the private sector to the Federal Government, which could be used to pave a way towards re-introducing another bill that is similar to SOPA and PIPA. The Internet is one of many many topics of concern where there is political action taking place; and that these other topics also deserve attention; however given my trade, I wish to share some fantastic articles that can be used to educate ourselves about this topic. Please find below a pair of articles on the topics. The first article has many links to other articles that dive into further detail. Enjoy!
Ars Technica: SOPA Resistance Day begins at Ars
Ars Technica: Analysis: "Cybersecurity" bill endangers privacy rights
I will be placing various articles here, such as product reviews; essays on various topics; and how-to articles on various subjects. The kinds of subject matter that will be making their first appearances here will be software license management; an example of cable management; the process of building one of my customized desktop computers; and a product review on a enthusiast mid-level computer chassis.